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Saturday, May 02, 2009

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Rothstein was a native New Yorker, born in 1915. He started the Camera Club at Columbia where he had assisted two of his professors, Roy Stryker and Rexford Tugwell on a book project. Tugwell, a brain-truster of the New Deal, hired Stryker to become the director of the Historical Section of the Resettlement Administration. The idea was to document the need for new government programs that would help farmers and migrant workers. The summer following Rothstein's graduation, (he was 20), he was invited, by these two men, to come to Washington to help set up the Historical Section's photo lab. He was soon going out on photo assignment for the agency.
To learn more read: FSA: An American Vision. Google Arthur Rothstein. You might find one of Dad's 9 books on photography on ebay!

Annie,

Thanks for the information--Dr X

I like the contrast between this photo of the south in '35 and the upstate photo from '34. Pretty awesome - the cultural diversity.

This is the Nether's Va. store porch, which also contained the Nether's post office. The store apparently closed within a few years after this photo. I lived just across the creek from here and stood on this porch each morning during the 1960's, awaiting the school bus To Madison High School. The dilapidated building was torn down, I believe in the very early 1970's.

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